A reminder for all that the Peacemaking Colloqium 2020 will be held this week on Wednesday, August 5th through Thursday, August 6th. This event will be convened through Zoom, due to the the current covid-19 pandemic. If you have not registered for this event yet, please click here to register now: REGISTER For a copy of the Peacemaking Colloqium’s 2020 Agenda, please download it here:
NEWS: What are Obstacles to Accountability? It is useful for peacemakers is knowing what those around the circle with you are going through. This short video explains why people struggle with accountability- it’s hard work and uncomfortable, scary. Understanding can help you help them. Check out the video at the link, it’ll be worth your time! Featuring friend to IPI Sonya Shah! Since May 2020, protesters across the United States are demanding that cities defund… Read More »NEWS: What are Obstacles to Accountability?
NEWS: PEACEMAKING COLLOQUIUM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Please join us for the Peacemaking Colloquium 2020 – REGISTER FOR PEACEMAKING COLLOQUIUM. PURPOSE: Peacemaking is an indigenous circle process based on tribal values and customary law providing a basis for helping resolve conflicts and disputes. Many Colloquiums have been held throughout the nation which involved peacemakers, scholars, tribal communities, and law students. Colloquium 2020 will be national and international and will highlight Tribal/Indigenous/State dispute resolution models. Presenters will include experts and wisdom… Read More »NEWS: PEACEMAKING COLLOQUIUM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
The Atlantic magazine just published Why Tribes Should Have the Power to Enforce Strict Coronavirus Policies, by Professor Matthew Fletcher of Michigan State University. There are extremely high stakes involved if nonmembers flout tribal stay-at-home orders. While Fletcher isn’t given the space to address all the facets of the issue, it is true that a community-focused approach, like that encouraged by peace circles, would be better suited to handle public health emergencies. In the meantime,… Read More »NEWS: Why Tribes Should Have the Power to Enforce Strict Coronavirus Policies
The article at this link: https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-announces-pilot-programs-increase-voluntary-resolutions explains that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened two pilot programs to help with alternative dispute resolution in employment discrimination cases. The mediation program expands the types of cases that may resolved with mediation, and also allows mediation to be an option at several points in the process- much like some tribes do with peacemaking in court cases. The conciliation program bolsters the agency’s ability to… Read More »NEWS: ARTICLE ON EEOC PILOT PROGRAMS
The University of Denver Conflict Resolution Institute (CRI) (https://www.du.edu/conflictresolution/index.html) put out a bulletin a few weeks ago on Hearing and Listening to Stories of Injustice. It included a wealth of great resources assembled by CRI staff. Those are listed below, and you can sign up for CRI’s newsletter at the website linked above. As you can see from the introductory language below, these materials are highly relevant now, AND much of the wisdom contained in… Read More »NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CONFLICT RESOLUTION INSTITUTE BULLETIN
This article features quotes and more from IPI Advisory Committee member Cheryl D. Fairbanks, and Zuni/Navajo Peacemaker Christy Chapman. The article calls for changes to the child welfare legal system, and features peacemaking, and two other methodologies that derive from indigenous circle processes (though the connection to indigenous practices isn’t so clear in the language of the article) as possible advances systems that can implemented. Click here to see the full article: https://youthtoday.org/2020/06/families-communities-systems-need-to-collaborate-to-really-help-whole-child/
This wonderful book tells the Iroquois story of Tadodaho, Hiawatha, and the Peacemaker, with historical references provided and with beautiful illustrations by David Shannon. Also included is a CD by the author, rock music legend and Mohawk and Cayuga Robbie Robertson. This book is beautiful to look at, the story beautiful to read, and really should be a “must-read” for a real American story. Well worth the purchase price to have on hand, and worthy… Read More »NEWS: Hiawatha and the Peacemaker- A Book for Young (and ALL) Readers by Robbie Robertson
NEWS: Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group Seminar On Monday, May 25, 2020 IPI Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton and Advisory Committee Member Judge Tim Connors, as well as Michigan Law Professor Margaret Connors, all participated as guest speakers in a seminar forum on Peacemaking hosted by Advisory Committee Member Carson Smith from the prestigious University Oxford in England. The host organization for the seminar was the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group. The seminar was recorded… Read More »NEWS: Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group Seminar
NEWS: Taking Circles Online In the wake of COVID-19 concerns, some restorative justice programs have started to offer assistance online over conferencing platforms like Zoom and WebEx. While Peacemakers know that the experience cannot be the same as when you are in the same room together, there are still conflicts in need of addressing so video-conference circles are being used as the best available option for the present time. The graphic below is the timeline… Read More »NEWS: Taking Circles Online
NEWS: A Little Girl’s Wisdom The wisdom this little girl shares with her mother after the parents had an argument is amazing. Native cultures often conceptualize children and elders as closest to the spirit world. This girl shares the perspective… as she tries to make peace in her home life… Special thanks to Judge Bill Thorne for sharing this story with us.
Canadian Attorney and Friend of IPI David G. Newman, Q.C., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is featured in the recently published Supreme Advocacy article “Advice, and Urging, from a 50-year Lawyer in the Middle of Canada.” Newman’s call to action includes the admonition that western hemisphere governments can and should work to right the wrongs of the past. This will benefit everyone, not just the descendants of the survivors of those wrongs. But doing so: “now… Read More »NEWS: Advice to Western Civil Societies, from a Long-term First Nations Ally
At this link, you can find a free webinar on the Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools, sponsored by the Zehr Institute and presented by the authors, Lindsey Pointer and Kathleen McGoey of the Longmont (Colorado) Community Justice Partners program: Includes a wide ranging discussion on how restorative practices can have positive impacts in many different spheres of life and work, focusing on pedagogical approaches.
The Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is offering a series of classes related to peace and circle processes in a non-tribal context. These courses include: Transforming Community Spaces through Equitable CollaborationFrank Dukes and Leanne Nurse Live online course dates and times: May 13, 20, 27: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT) June 3, 10: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT) For more information, click here: https://emu.edu/spi/courses/#691 Digital Peacebuilding and Peace Tech:Understanding Social Media, Conflict, and… Read More »NEWS: Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is Offering Peacemaking Courses
NEWS: Peacemaking at Home During Quarantine SOME TIMELY ADVICE to help keep peace while living in quarantine! Featured below are links to some helpful articles, initially compiled by the Conflict Resolution Institute at the University of Denver, “How to Not Completely Hate the People You’re Quarantined With” Take it from experts who study isolation: It’s hard, it takes teamwork, and it may cause excessive staring into nothingness. https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-surviving-quarantine-without-killing-partner/?fbclid=IwAR1sXxvU1TtovdeVMvC4ysr3EGsFPC3YNfAg9FNdwIgsXi2lUBklRa0YyF0 Preventing Household Conflict When You’re Stuck at… Read More »NEWS: Peacemaking at Home During Quarantine
Cheyenne and Arapaho artist George Levi created this ledger art drawing to support efforts to act responsibly and protect each other. Thank you and please share this message!
Excellent 2017 article by Rebecca Clarren that features groundbreaking Tribal Court Judge Abbi Abinanti, and application of peacemaking principles in a domestic violence case. The article also discusses the court of IPI Advisoryc Committee member and Michigan state court judge Timothy Connors (along with a nice quote), features a quote from IPI Advisory Committee member Cheryl Fairbanks, and discusses the Kake, Alaska peacemaking program founded by IPI Advisory Committee member Mike Jackson. Click here for… Read More »NEWS: Native American Peacemaking Court Offers a Model for Reform
Please consider donating now to the Flicker Fund, which is raising and mobilizing funds to direct critical resources to the most vulnerable in our already challenged communities. The Flicker Fund provides direct grant support to stressed Indigenous communities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, where some are already facing issues of hunger, lack of access to water, and unable to secure basic hygiene and material supplies needed for everyday life. Flicker Fund goes directly to Indigenous… Read More »NEWS: Donate to the Flicker Fund!
The 10th Annual International Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution is being held at California State University, Dominguez Hills in the Extended Education Auditorium on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Online attendance options are also available. The Cyber-Conference will deal with negotiations, conflict resolution, and peacemaking methods. Please download the promotional flyer for more information.
The title of this year’s workshop is “ICWA as the Gold Standard for All Children – Reunification in Courts and Schools, Peacemaking as a Path to Get There.” This year’s training will feature a State ICWA training and an example of School Peacemaking Programs. We will also show a video on peacemaking and provide an introduction to the concepts of peacemaking. For a full schedule for the event, please download the agenda attached below: